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Villa | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
If you want to wake up in the morning, wander out onto a lovely terrace, listen to the birdsong and look out over what must be one of the most fantastic views in Herault, then Villa Loriot is for you. This well-presented and delightful 'bijou' villa of about 60 sq metres is in a peaceful location in the extensive grounds of the owners' property.
With no less than 3 separate outdoor areas for relaxing, sunbathing and eating, the villa is in the hills just above the lovely village of Azillanet, near Olonzac, and has a fantastic vista stretching out over the countryside, the vineyards, the local villages and a lake - to the Pyrenees in the far distance.
The villa has an airy, light and recently renovated living / dining area with a TV receiving English, German and French channels, a DVD player and a stereo system. The kitchen area is open-plan to the main living room. The double bedroom has twin beds that can be made up into a large double if you prefer, and the other sleeping accommodation is provided by a large, comfortable, convertible bed settee in the living room - the villa sleeps 2-4 people.
Outside to the front is a beautiful paved terrace area overlooking the view with pretty planting, sun-loungers and a parasol. To one side there's an attractive decked dining area, dapple-shaded by a bamboo cover, and again with attractive planting. To the rear of the villa, in a sheltered location, is another covered terrace with a barbecue and a further table and chairs for dining.
There's a fabulous 10m x 6m infinity swimming pool - decked on 3 sides with the 4th side looking straight out over the stunning view, together with a poolside shower. The pool is shared with guests (maximum of 2) in the small studio apartment here and with the owners, who will endeavour to use it only when you are out sight-seeing etc.
Ideal for lovers of the countryside and wild-life, bird-watchers, walkers or fairly serious cyclists (the immediate area is hilly), the villa is situated on the road to the ancient city of Minerve, a former Cathar stronghold. It's an energetic 15-minute walk (or 5-minutes by car) to the village of Azillanet where you can buy bread, croissants and a few basic necessities.
The grounds of the villa extend to some 2.5 acres here and consist of beautiful gardens, the landscaped pool area, woods and thyme-scented garrigue. For those who like a bit more exercise, there are a number of footpaths locally where you can enjoy some lovely walks.
This is an ideal spot for a romantic holiday, a quiet relaxing break or, indeed, some family fun. Although in a quiet location in the countryside, it's not too far from anywhere and is a great base for exploring this lovely wine-producing region, where Carcassonne is a 40-minute drive, and the Mediterranean coastal resorts about 45 minutes.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Gruissan Plage 35 km|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne 40 km, Nearest railway: Narbonne 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Living/Dining Room: An airy open plan room with a large convertible sofa making a large double bed. There's a further comfy sofa, table and chairs, a bookcase, a stereo, a DVD player and a TV receiving English satellite channels and some German and French channels. There's ample storage space.
Kitchen: Open plan to the living/dining room, there's a 4-ring gas cooker with full oven and a fridge. A microwave is available.
Washing Machine: With a little notice you can use the owner's washing machine. An iron and ironing board are provided.
Bedroom: The bedroom is spacious with twin beds that make up to a 200cm x 200cm double bed if preferred. There are bedside tables with lamps, a chair, a cupboard, shelves and hanging nearby.
Shower room: There's a shower room with a large shower, a washbasin and a WC.
Baby facilities: A cot and a high chair are available by prior request.
|Further details outdoors|
Outside: The villa has 3 separate outdoor areas; a lovely terrace to the front for sun-bathing, a shaded, decked eating area to one side, and to the rear a covered, sheltered terrace. A barbecue is provided. There is parking for your car in the grounds.
Swimming pool: A 10m x 6m infinity swimming pool and a poolside shower. The pool is alarmed for safety purposes.
The pool may be shared with the guests in the small studio apartment here (only normally 2 people). The studio sleeping 2 is also available for rent, please enquire.
Pets: A small dog may be permitted at this villa with prior permission, please enquire.
Smoking: is not permitted inside this villa – you are permitted to smoke outdoors.
About this location
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
This part of the Languedoc has a sunny Mediterranean climate. It can be hot in summer, but the temperature is often tempered by a breeze. Now the 3rd most visited region in France by British people, the Languedoc offers something for everyone. Miles of long, sandy beaches, coastal lagoons, vibrant cities such as Narbonne and Montpellier, historical sites such as Carcassonne and the Cathar castles, fabulous scenery, great cuisine and vineyards, vineyards, vineyards.
The local village of Azillanet is a brisk 15-minute walk from the villa, or 5-minutes in the car. It's a pretty village with lots of stone houses, a little grocer's who sells bread, a boulangerie van that arrives daily at 8.30am, and an 'auberge' open in the summer months for delicious local cuisine, with wine included, at a very reasonable price. Azillanet also boasts a great wine cave 'Les Trois Blasons' where you can taste the local wines and buy direct. The neighbouring town of Olonzac, and other local villages have further shops, banks, markets, bars and restaurants - all within an easy drive.
Sports facilities: you can swim in the lovely pool at the villa, or for something different try swimming in the man-made 'swimming hole' in the River Cesse at Bize-Minevois, or from the Blue Flag beaches on the Mediterranean coast 45-minutes from here. All types of watersports are also available at the coast at Narbonne Plage or Gruissan - and many at the Lac du Jouarres more locally. Although hilly, the quiet roads are great for cycling and both mountain and road bikes can be hired locally - please ask us for details. Walkers - please take your boots, and birdwatchers your binoculars! You can also enjoy a round of golf at Carcassonne or Beziers. And in Narbonne, there's an extensive leisure centre 'Espace Liberte' with an Olympic size swimming pool and 10-pin bowling.
There is an abundance of attractions in this area - it's hard to know where to start. But a visit to this area would not be complete without a trip to the medieval city of Carcassonne, the lively and attractive town of Narbonne, the Canal du Midi, the beach resorts of Gruissan and Narbonne-Plage, the vineyards of the Minervois and Corbieres, Minerve - just 4kms away, the abbeys at Fontfroide and Lagrasse and the Cathar Castles. Children and adults alike will enjoy a day at the African Nature Reserve at Sigean where you can see over 3000 species of animals in close-to-nature surroundings.
You can also buy the local wine direct from the many 'domaines' and 'chateaux' in the area - many of whom will offer you a wine-tasting - you just need to decide who is driving first! A little further afield but well worth the drive - why not try a day trip to Spain as the border is only an hour and a half away.
The Markets of the region are colourful, varied and full of local seasonal produce. Locally to Azillanet they can be found at Olonzac on a Tuesday morning, Lezignan Corbieres on a Wednesday morning and in Narbonne - outdoor markets on a Thursday and Sunday morning and a superb indoor market in Les Halles every day until 1.00pm. In high season there's an evening market fortnightly at the canal-side town of Homps. Out of season, many of the villages hold a 'vide grenier' on a Sunday morning - these are very popular with both locals and visitors.
Restaurants - in Azillanet itself in the summer months you can dine at the Auberge, or various restaurants in Olonzac, Homps and Bize Minervois.
Supermarkets - There's a supermarket 10-minutes drive away in Olonzac.
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